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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 28 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449006360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449006368
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 11 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #209,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Mullally on June 26 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a howlingly bad book. First off, there are so many historical and grammatical inaccuracies, it was painful to read. There is no excuse for such shabby editing in this day and age with spellcheckers etc, and an editor who should have a degree in English.
Second of all, the hero was an idiot and she was not much better. The whole predicament she finds herself in is worthy of farce, not romance.
The sinister undertones were never developed, and Belinda goes from being skittish of Robert to orally pleasuring him at the drop of a hat almost as soon as they meet. This from a woman who was supposed to have been a virgin who was brutally raped. who decides to solve the problem by becoming a high-priced courtesan. If she was happy selling oranges to earn a decent living so she would not have to compromise her virtue, this transition is ridiculous.
The hero going off and practically killing her rapist with a steel pipe and stuffing him on a prison hulk to Australia, thus acting as judge, jury and executioner, is not endearing either. He is a prude, full of barely suppressed violence, and their first 'love scene' together on the dining room able is absurd and gross on every level given her history and that fact that he is supposed to be a Paragon.
He is cruel, judgemental, hypocritical. Instructing his own sister to ignore his mistress in public is just awful. his political standpoint is equally terrible. He is a repressive Tory with a small social conscience but is so worried about what other people think of him he allows himself to always be led into doing things which are basically against humanity.
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By A Customer on June 5 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are so many good reviews here that I feel like I'm being redundant, but this terrific book just screams for more praise. Wow, what a compelling story. From reading the back I thought - yeah, she's a courtesan and he's a noble but I bet he comes around quickly - wrong! Seeing how sweetly these two people fall in love only to have him put his honor ahead of his feelings is agonizing - I actually cried for poor Belinda when she realized Robert wouldn't put her first. Yes, that is probably realistic, but not what I want in a romance novel! He redeems himself, but not before putting her, himself and the reader through the emotional wringer. Foley is brilliant, to be able to sustain my interest through all the ups and downs. I just finished it and already want to read it again, it is that gripping. I'd give it more stars if I could...
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Wow...I decided to try Foley after reading the wonderful reviews and boy, is she every bit worth the 7 dollars!
The story captivating, enchanting, devastating, and emotional. It truly captures your heart as you journey through Bel's life.
Belinda (Bel) Hamilton is a gentlewoman turned courtesan. Robert is the Duke of Hawkscliffe, the "Paragon Duke". Together they strive to solve the mysterious death of Robert's love and along the way, the paragon discovers that Bel isn't the vain harlot he took her to be and also discovers that society's rules should not always be followed.
As these two embark on their physical as well as emotional journey, they discover a deep wound in themselves that only the other can heal in addition to realizing that there is a deeper secret to the death of Robert's former love.
Surprising twists and turns that I would not expect of a romance novel make this one of my top picks! I'm glad to have discovered Gaelen Foley!
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By Romance addict on Oct. 7 2003
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My first Gaelen Foley and not my last. I picked this book up on a whim and boy was I surprised. Definately a great surprise. Ok so our Heroine is a highclass courtesan, bu tyou need to read the book to find out why and you will fall in love with her. The duke is also very lovable. This book has everything I love in a story, likable characters, laughter, tears and frustration. A great read that you won't be able to put down.
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By allie-kat on Oct. 3 2003
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This was my first try reading one of Gaelen Foley's books. I've been wanting to for ages after reading such awesome reviews about her books. So finally I bit the bullet and ordered it. To be honest, I was expecting just a little more...
Maybe its my own fault, since it was the first book I picked up to read after reading Perfect by Judith McNaught... and I just don't think any book could compare after coming down off the high that book gave me.
My only real problem with the book was that I really couldn't get interested in the plot or the characters until about the middle of the story. It just kinda seemed dull. I mean it was ok reading but I kept putting it down and taking my time in picking it up again during the first half.
Thankfully, during the second half I was drawn in pretty deeply to Bel and Hawk's lives. I did sigh at the complete and utter love they had for each other because it became so obvious, especially when they were apart for a time. I could understand Hawk's dilemna and yet I wanted to scream at him to do what his heart was telling him to do.
The ending was heartwarming and beautiful and made up for the slow beginning. Because of this, I do plan to read the sequels to this book... Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice. These brothers and the rest were introduced in The Duke and I am kinda interested to see how their stories will go. I'm a big fan of books that continue with the family line. And I'm hoping to hear more about Bel and Hawk.
All in all... it was a good read and you'll be glad you took the time and paid the money to read it.
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